Sciatica – The Facts And The Myths

Apr 23, 2021

Sciatica – The Facts And The Myths

We have had a number of people see us recently with what they have been told is SCIATICA.

For example, Joan came in after seeing her doctor who had diagnosed her with sciatica. She had been given some pain relief and advised to see a physiotherapist. Bar the pain she was suffering from, main thing that Joan complained about was not being able to do her work and more importantly she was unable to look after her grandchildren, which she did part time to help her daughter.

Joan wasn’t quite sure exactly what sciatica was and what it really meant for her. She was worried that she had a lot of responsibility to look after her grandchildren, and felt she was going to put a lot of stress on her daughter because she was unable to look after her grandchildren.

Now, today, we are going to help you understand what sciatica is and what it means to you, by giving you some facts and myths!



1. Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. The term describes the pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that starts in the lower back and moves to the large sciatic nerve located in either leg.

2. For adults under 60, the most common causes of sciatica are a lumbar herniated disc, and degenerative disc disease. For adults over 60, degenerative changes in the spine like lumbar spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis are the typical culprits. Pregnancy, scar tissue, muscle strains, and bone fractures can also give rise to sciatica-like symptoms.

3. Sciatica pain usually will go away with time, rest, and the proper treatment. Most people suffering from sciatica will get better without surgery.

4. Successful treatment for sciatica should include manual therapy and exercise.




1. Sciatica is very difficult to cure, since once the lower back is injured, it never heals.

2. The lower back is delicate and is highly susceptible to injury.

3. Sciatica will just go away with some rest.

4. My back will always be weak.

5. Sciatica requires surgery.


My advice for anyone who suffers with sciatica or for those people who know someone who is suffering with sciatica, is to make a great decision and see a health professional who can certainly help you get back to doing those things you love doing, just like Joan.

If you would like to learn about how physiotherapy can help you with sciatica, please feel free to contact the clinic on 028 9266 6959.

You can also download our FREE Back Pain Report here,


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